Andrew Massena

Doctoral Candidate

Comparative Theology


Andrew Massena is a doctoral candidate, with a major in Comparative Theology and a minor in Biblical Studies. His dissertation is titled “To Read with the Fathers: The Decalogue in Rabbinic and Patristic Exegesis,” and examines interpretations of the Decalogue from the Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael and Augustine of Hippo.

His research interests include late antique rabbinic literature, patristic exegesis, Catholic and Protestant biblical interpretation, hermeneutics, Jewish-Christian studies and relations, and interreligious dialogue. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Scriptural ReasoningStudies in Christian-Jewish Relations, and Reading Religion.

Andrew is currently the Graduate Assistant of the Boston College Theology Department. Previously, he was the director of the annual Engaging Particularities graduate conference.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct professor, Judaism and Christianity in Dialogue, 2019-2020

Adjunct professor, Religious Quest, 2017-2018

Teaching Fellow, Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives I & II (2015-2017)

Teaching Assistant, Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives I & II (2014-2015) with Ruth Langer


“To Read with the Fathers: The Decalogue in Rabbinic and Patristic Exegesis”
Director: Ruth Langer
Readers: Greg Mobley, Brian Dunkle, S.J.